Lilly Endowment Community Scholar – Vermillion County Named

 

One Vermillion County student has been named recipient of a full tuition four-year scholarship as the Vermillion County Community Foundation 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar – Vermillion County.

Lauryn Silver will receive full tuition to the Indiana private college or public university of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Lauryn is the daughter of Holly Silver of Clinton and Jon Silver of Terre Haute. She will graduate in June 2019 from South Vermillion High School with a Core 40 Academic Honors Diploma with a 3.99 GPA.  She has taken several honors and AP classes as well as dual credit courses.  She plans to continue to be a pediatric dentist and forensic odontology. 

Lauryn’s high school guidance counselor Mrs. Linda Avenetti enthusiastically recommends her for this scholarship based on her excellent academic accomplishments, leadership abilities, work ethics, ambition, motivation to succeed and character. Mrs. Avenetti continued by saying, “She is a well respected student by her peers and teachers.  This young woman will be successful in whatever college she attends and career she chooses.”

 

Lauryn is a member of National Honor Society and honored as an Academic Excellence awardee. She is a 4 year member and team captain of the SVHS soccer team with varsity letters for 3 years and Defensive Player award for 2 years. She is also a 4 year member of the SVHS girls basketball team with varsity letters for 3 years and earning the Sixth Man Award.  Lauryn has a letter in cheerleading and ladies tennis.  She is a 10 year Vermillion County 4-H member.  Lauryn contributes to the community participating in National Night Out, assisting with the community tennis clinic and biddy basketball.  Besides being a student athlete, Lauryn works in the office of the Vigo County Prosecutor Child Support Division year round.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholar – Fountain County Named


One Fountain County student has been named recipient of a full tuition four-year scholarship as the Western Indiana Community Foundation 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar – Fountain County.

 

Shiley Claypool will receive full tuition to the Indiana private college or public university of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

 

Ms. Claypool, of Covington High School, has plans to major in biology and minor in chemistry or environmental science.  At the beginning of her senior year, Shiley ranked #6 in her graduating class with a 3.9 GPA. 

Shiley is a member of the National Honor Society has participated for four years in soccer, tennis and the CHS dance team.  Ms. Claypool has also found time to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and with the vacation bible school program at her church.  In addition to her school and community activities she works part-time as a cashier at County Market. 

One of Ms. Claypool’s references wrote, “Shiley is hardworking, conscientious, trust worthy and very respectful and polite.  She gets along well with everyone and she will do well in college.  I highly recommend her!”  Another said, “She has been a joy to have around and I cannot say enough good things about her.  She works hard, stays dedicated to the task at hand, and pushes forward as much as she can in whatever life throws at her.  Shiley is highly regarded with me and others.”

 

Ms. Claypool is the daughter of Lindsey Claypool of Kingman.  


There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide.

Christmas Concert

Join others from the Covington area for Christmas & Concert on Sunday, December 9 at 7pm at Covington United Methodist Church, 419 Washington St.  Singer, songwriter, pianist and composer Kelley Lorencin will be performing.  To sample Kelley's music visit: www.KelleyLorencin.com.  A free will offering will be taken to benefit local charities.  

Silver Island Cemetery Fund Established

Silver Island Cemetery has served as a final resting place for area citizens for two centuries.

Silver Island Cemetery is a nice, quiet county cemetery surrounded by fields and is currently the final resting place of nearly 500 interments.  There is a large amount of area history and countless personal memories – of family, friends, husbands, wives, and children – contained in Silver Island Cemetery with burial sites still available. 

Daily upkeep and ongoing maintenance are required to care for the cemetery to combat deterioration by preserving, beautifying, and maintaining abandoned or deteriorating graves and for the care and replacement of trees, flowers, shrubbery, etc.  Also, the fund will assist in providing an educational benefit to the general public and promote appreciation for community history by maintaining, repairing, and restoring monuments, headstones, and grave markers of historical or architectural significance. 

To donate to the Silver Island Cemetery Fund click here.

Announcement! Community Disaster Refief Fund Established

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Community Disaster Relief Fund.  The purpose of the fund is to provide needed financial assistance to organizations that are actively engaged in emergency response and recovery operations.

Dale White, CEO of the Community Foundation states, "The Foundation will be collaborating with a variety of organizations in the event of a disaster and will monitor the response and needs from nonprofit organizations that are assisting individuals and famililies that may be displaced. These needs will change as a transation takes place into long-term recovery operations, so the Foundation will continue to assess the situation and make funding decisions as necessary.  Hopefully we will never need to use this fund, but if we do, it is in place."

New Fund Established to Benefit Sportland Park

The Sportland Park Fund is being established in collaboration with area citizens and the City of Clinton.  The purpose of the fund is to spruce-up Sportland Park, Clinton’s largest and most utilized park. 

The large scale project includes the renovation of the public restroom facilities, a full remodel of the Duke Energy Wildcat stage area, new turf (drought resistant natural grass) for the 2.5 acres of playing area, four-season landscaping areas to add visual appeal throughout the park, and improvements in parking, accessibility, and safety. 

Donations to the Sportland Park Fund may be made online or mailed to: Vermillion County Community Foundation, ATTN: Sportland Park Fund, P.O. Box 532, Clinton, IN 47842-0532.

Announcement: New Scholarship!

Covington Community Foundation is pleased to announce it newest scholarship, the Jeff ‘Chappy’ Chapman Scholarship

According to Dale White, CEO of the Foundation says, “Friends and family of Jeff ‘Chappy’ Chapman have worked with the Foundation in making this scholarship available to former graduates of Covington High School who are will be full or part-time college students.  The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students that are pursuing a vocational/industrial trade’s career pathway, such as welding, auto mechanics, or the like.” 

Jeff W. Chapman passed away unexpectantly, at the age of 45, on February 16, 2009. 

For more details visit the Scholarship section of the Foundation’s website at: www.wicf-inc.org.

4-H Fairgrounds Partners with Community Foundation

Western Indiana Community Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with the Fountain County 4-H Council.

According to Dale White, CEO of the Foundation says, “The 4-H Council has established a pass-thru fund with the Community Foundation for the purpose of making improvements to the community building at the Fountain County 4-H Fairgrounds.  Members of the Council have recently begun to raise funds to upgrade the restrooms, refresh parts of the concession – kitchen area and make other updates to the building.  On the exterior they hope to improve the drainage and expand the parking area.  The Foundation will be processing all donations for this project.” 

Donations may be made on the Donate Here! link on this page or mailed to Western Indiana Community Foundation, ATTN: 4-H Fairgrounds – Capital Improvement Fund, PO Box 175, Covington, IN 47932.

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